Organic gardening is a rewarding hobby that anyone can enjoy, as long as they know what they’re doing. However, for someone who does not have any experience with gardening, the thought of starting, or maintaining, a garden can be intimidating. So, how should a beginning organic gardener learn the basics? Well, read the following tips.
You should teach your children how to garden alongside you. A garden can provide a wonderful learning experience for children, and will give you an opportunity to bond with them while you produce healthy food.
Keep your plants in a warm, moist environment, if possible. The temperature needs to remain steady and warm so the plants can grow. If this is a little too warm for your house, grow your organic plants under a heat lamp.
Preparing the soil for your perennial garden is easy. Turn over the soil in your garden so it will be soft and easy to plant before spreading wood chips around your garden. Give the area a couple of weeks, then dig into it and plant your new perennials.
You should work efficiently, instead of working hard in your garden, to simplify things. Do not waste your time looking for tools. Before you start work in the garden, make sure you have the necessary tools, and always remember to put them away when you are finished. If you need, use a tool belt or even pants that have quite a few pockets.
Coffee grounds can benefit many types of soil. Plants can use the nitrogenous nutrients found in coffee grounds. Nitrogen is often the most important nutrient when it comes to plants thriving, and a solid source of nitrogen, like coffee grounds, urea, or compost, can boost growth speed and increase height.
When you are planning on growing a garden, you should think about the space you will need to provide a healthy growing area for your plants. You will most likely underestimate how much space plants will need as they grow. Air circulation and room to grow is important for any plant. Make sure that you map out your garden layout beforehand and place your seeds with an adequate amount of space in between each.
One unusual tip in organic gardening, is to “pet” your seedlings often. Use your hands or a piece of cardboard and lightly ruffle the seedling about one or two times a day. This may sound strange, but research has proven that doing this will help your plants grow bigger than if they were not petted at all.
You should use wood that is untreated, brick or stone when building the raised bed. If you choose wood, ensure that it has not been treated with a sealant or other chemicals. Some good choices include locust, cypress, and cedar. Using untreated wood is especially important for veggie gardens, because chemicals from treated wood could leach into the soil, affecting your food. If you’re using treated lumber, line it with a barrier, or some plastic.
Certification is important in order to be considered a legitimate organic gardener. This can boost sales and tell loyal customers that you’re providing the best to them.
Organic gardening is a high-risk, high-reward activity compared to normal gardening, but the rewards certainly are sweet. While chemical pesticides and fertilizers may claim to do great things for your garden, organic methods will give you the best crops possible.
Mulch is necessary for a healthy soil. Mulch will protect the soil it covers. On hot days, mulch will also protect your plant’s roots by keeping them moist and cool. This will ensure your soil stays moist by reducing the time in which it evaporates. It can also help alleviate any weed issues.
By now you probably are beginning to understand why so many people enjoy working in their gardens. Taking care of a garden is a fun and relaxing experience. Remember these tips to grow the perfect organic garden.